Louis van Gaal comments on Manchester United youngsters Paddy McNair and Adnan Januzaj

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal speaks on Paddy McNair and Adnan Januzaj.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been singing the praises of Paddy McNair.

The 19-year-old defender made his debut for the Red Devils against West Ham United at Old Trafford last weekend.

The centre-back’s performance was very encouraging and laudable, as he played an important role in United’s 2-1 victory that saw them return to winning ways in the Premier League.

The Northern Irish youngster is likely to retain his place in United’s starting line-up against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Van Gaal is very impressed with McNair and told MUTV: ‘He is modest and calm also. Normally, when you are playing in the first team for the first time, you are quiet. That is the case with most players, so it's no big surprise.

‘What is more important is he knows what he is doing and why he is doing it. He has trained with us for a full week for the first time and he is doing great. I'm very pleased with him’.

One United youngster who cannot seem to get into the team is Adnan Januzaj. The 19-year-old emerged as a promising player last season and was expected to be given more chances this term.

The Belgium international, who played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the summer, has yet to start a Premier League game under Van Gaal, who has refused to entertain any questions about him.

‘You make it again personal’, The Guardian quotes the Dutchman as saying when asked what Januzaj has to do to be in the starting line-up. ‘I cannot answer that, it’s personal’.

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